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FDA: Don't Buy Drugs Marketed as Antimicrobial Dietary Supplements
Date:5/13/2011

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The following was released today by the FDA:

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  • The FDA is warning consumers not to use products marketed as dietary supplements that also claim to be antimicrobial (antibiotic, antifungal or antiviral) drugs. These illegal products are falsely promoted with claims to treat illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis and the common cold.
  • The FDA has learned that several companies are distributing and promoting products labeled as dietary supplements for antimicrobial uses. These products may or may not contain antimicrobials, and their use could delay treatment for serious illnesses.
  • The FDA has determined that many of these products mimic the labeling of drugs available in Mexico, and that they are marketed specifically to the Hispanic community.
  • Consumers should stop using these products immediately and contact their health care providers.

  • What is the Problem?The FDA has determined that several companies are marketing products that look like antimicrobial products available in Mexico. Consumers using the products may believe they will receive the beneficial health effects of an antimicrobial drug. These products may or may not contain antimicrobials, and their use could delay treatment for serious illnesses.  These products are not FDA approved to treat, cure or prevent any medical conditions.

    What are the Symptoms of Illness/Injury?Consumers may be using these products under the belief that they contain antimicrobials. Doing so may cause worsening of existing illness and delayed treatment. An antimicrobial is a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

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